Upcoming Poetry Events – Week of May 5, 2013


Summer is on the way and the poetry is heating up here in Albany. We have an exciting week ahead of us with the 2013 Team Nitty Gritty Grand Slam taking place at Valentine’s on Tuesday night. Ten local poets (ILLiptical, Kevin PetersonAveryPoetyc VisionzAlgorhythmDaniella WatsonMojavi, Tasha Davis, Christopher The Poet, and Victorio Reyes) will be competing to be part of the team representing Albany and Nitty Gritty Slam at poetry events this summer.

There is so much more going on on the area including Live From The Living Room and the second installment of the new School of Night series. Here is what’s coming up this week…

Monday, May 6

8:00pm – Club Harmony
Wok ‘N Roll Cafe, 52 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
Weekly poetry open mic with a featured reader hosted by Michael Platsky.


Tuesday, May 7

7:00pm – Emack and Bolio’s Open Mic Night
Emack & Bolio’s, Delaware Ave., Albany, NY
A weekly open mic for music and poetry

7:00pm – Nitty Gritty Slam #44 – The 2013 Team NGS Grand Slam
Valentine’s, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY
Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, and The Frequency North Reading Series are bringing slam back to Albany with the NITTY GRITTY SLAM. NGS takes place at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave.) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of each month. If you’re not into slam, but want to get on stage and share your work, we have an open mic before the slam. Sign up begins at 7PM, open mic starts at 7:30, and the slam starts at 8PM. Admission is $5.00 ($3.00 with student ID). This is an 18+ show.


Wednesday, May 8

7:00pm – Live From The Living Room
Pride Center of the Capital Region, 332 Hudson Ave, Albany, NY
Monthly poetry open mic with featured poet Tess Lecuyer at the Pride Center of the Capital Region hosted by Don Levy.

8:00pm – Pauly’s Hotel Open Mic Night
Pauly’s Hotel, 337 Central Ave., Albany, NY
Poetry, Music, Comedy and more take center stage at Pauly’s weekly Open Mic Night hosted by Brian LaPoint and Joshua Gruft.

8:00pm – Cock N Bull Open Mic
The Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant, 5342 Parkis Mills Road, Galway, NY
A brand new monthly open mic for poetry, stories, music, spoken word sponsored by the Galway Public Library.


Thursday, May 9

7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers.

7:00pm – Word Thursdays
Bright Hill Center, 94 Church St., Treadwell
An open mic at the Bright Hill Center with featured poets

7:30pm – The School of Night
Pearl Street Pub & Dirty Martini Lounge, 1 Steuben Place, Albany, NY
Host R.M. Engelhardt is bringing back the monthly “School of Night” poetry open mic series for “poets, poetry and spoken word” at the Pearl St. Pub & Dirty Martini Lounge. The featured poet this month is Todd Fabozzi.

8:00pm – Starving Artist Thursdays
Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail Street, Albany, NY
A weekly open Mic for music, poetry, and spoken word at one of Albany’s best new coffee shops.

8:00pm – The Safe Haven
The Book Club, 153 S. Pearl Street., Albany, NY
A positive poetry open mic series hosted by Poetyc Visionz with a new theme every week.


Saturday, May 11

2:00pm – Woodstock Poetry Society
Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY
Monthly poetry open mic in beautiful Woodstock, NY hosted by Chronogram Poetry Editor Phil Levine with featured poets.


For a full listing of all of the poetry and spoken word events in upstate New York, head over to the events calendar page. And if you live in the Western Massachusetts / Connecticut area, be sure to check out Lori Desrosiers‘ Poetry News Calendar.

If you would like to have your poetry event listed on AlbanyPoets.com, send an email to albanypoets+events@gmail.com with the date and details.